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Emerging concerns for human rights in childbirth: Imposed evidenced-based care as obstetric violence?

Camilla Pickles 5th April 2017

Pregnancy and childbirth can trigger the violation of a number of rights including bodily and psychological integrity, equality, dignity, and privacy. This concern is particularly relevant when women are funnelled into facility-based obstetric care which is over-medicalised; not women-centred; and marred by paternalism, and harmful and discriminatory gender stereotypes. In some facilities, ‘care’ is coercive […]

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Courts and contempt powers in India: The case of Jolly LLB-2

Vrinda Bhandari 4th April 2017

Although the Legislature and the Executive are the subject of regular political satire in India, last month the courts showed that contempt powers can be used to create a hitherto-unknown zone of immunity around the judiciary and legal profession in India. The case of Jolly LLB-2 The case involved the movie “Jolly LLB-2”. Here, a […]

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The Travel Ban as Religious Discrimination: Judges’ Engagement of Political Discourse and Recent History

Julie Suk 3rd April 2017

On March 15, 2017, two federal district courts, in Hawaii and Maryland, enjoined the enforcement of President Trump’s second executive order restricting travel from six predominantly Muslim countries.  In both of these decisions, the courts arrived at the conclusion that plaintiffs were likely to succeed on their claim that the travel ban constituted religious discrimination […]

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